Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


Agencies continue Irma response



Agencies continue Irma response
Federal agencies are continuing their response to Hurricane Irma, which struck Florida on Sunday after sweeping through the Caribbean. Nearly 22,ooo federal personnel are working to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Irma. The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has staged eight urban search and rescue… Read More

FEMA, agencies respond to Hurricane Irma



FEMA, agencies respond to Hurricane Irma
U.S. agencies are responding to Hurricane Irma, which struck Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this week, and could make landfall in Florida early Sunday. Personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed to the Caribbean in advance of the storm, including incident management assistance teams and… Read More

Agencies prepare for Irma



Agencies prepare for Irma
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Guard, and other U.S. government and non-government agencies are preparing for Hurricane Irma. Irma, a category 5 hurricane, tore through the Carribean earlier today and is headed for Florida. Governors in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Florida have declared a … Read More

Agencies respond to Hurricane Harvey



Agencies respond to Hurricane Harvey
Multiple federal agencies are responding to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall as a category 4 hurricane on Friday night and was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages individuals in affected areas to follow the instructions of state, local,… Read More

DHS, Texas Guard prepare for Hurricane Harvey



DHS, Texas Guard prepare for Hurricane Harvey
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Texas Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard with the Texas Military Department are preparing for Hurricane Harvey. The Governor of Texas has already issued a State… Read More

New law creates interagency safety group



New law creates interagency safety group
The House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed the RESPONSE Act of 2016, in an effort “to enhance emergency responder training for incidents involving hazardous-materials rail transportation.” The bill passed the House on November 29, and the Senate on December 10, before being signed into law by President Obama… Read More

FEMA releases 2016 National Preparedness Report



FEMA releases 2016 National Preparedness Report
Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the publication of its 2016 National Preparedness Report. The report, which was issued this spring, evaluates core capabilities of U.S. government agencies tasked with providing emergency preparedness and response. FEMA’s report highlights several DHS initiatives,… Read More

Assessment needed for National Disaster Recovery Framework



Assessment needed for National Disaster Recovery Framework
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework, which provides the overarching interagency coordination structure for the recovery phase of incidents and calls for a “whole community” approach to recovery. The report, GAO-16-476, examines FEMA’s… Read More

FEMA looking for National Advisory Council applicants



FEMA looking for National Advisory Council applicants
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for qualified individuals who are interested in serving on FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC advises the FEMA administrator on all aspects of emergency management, ensuring effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters,… Read More

NIST releases new Community Resilience Planning Guide



NIST releases new Community Resilience Planning Guide
In late October, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems to help U.S. communities better withstand and recover from natural disasters and other hazards.  The guide was developed by NIST with the help of specialists… Read More